Office of Public Affairs
Feb. 12, 2003
REGAL RENOVATION EARNS RECOGNITION FOR KING ALUMNI HALL
OSWEGO -- Due to recent restoration work to King Alumni Hall, SUNY Oswego is among the entities receiving a Preservation Appreciation Award from the Heritage Foundation of Oswego.
The community is invited to the recognition event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the city's Common Council Chamber, followed by a dessert reception.
"This is an annual ceremony where we recognize those who have supported historic preservation efforts through projects at the home, place of business or public buildings," said Patricia B. Levine, director of the Heritage Foundation of Oswego. "The repairs to the roof, dormers, windows and entrance portico of this 20th-century Tudor Revival is very much appreciated and helps to sustain this fine architectural example," she noted.
The Heritage Foundation of Oswego is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Oswego County's historic and architectural resources.
When King Alumni Hall needed roof-tile replacement and other attention, it was important to ensure that the work remained architecturally appropriate because of the building's history, said Jerry DeSantis, SUNY Oswego associate vice president for facilities services.
"We recognize that architectural resources are significant and that the campus has a responsibility to maintain the integrity of those resources the best we can," DeSantis said.
Frank Howard Joy sold the former private residence to the Oswego State Teachers College Foundation for $1 on Dec. 3, 1954. The former proprietor of the Adams Hotel in downtown Oswego, Joy built the family dwelling between 1927 and 1929.
The college converted it into a campus residence center, initially called Draper Hall. In the 1960s, the building was renamed the Carol King House for "a popular young associate dean who died of a rare form of cancer," Dorothy Rogers noted in her book "Oswego: Fountainhead of Teacher Education."
The edifice also housed faculty and college offices such as the Psychological Counseling Center and the Research Center before President Stephen Weber relocated the Offices of Alumni and Parent Relations and of University Development there in 1991 and renamed it King Alumni Hall.
About 15 staff members and 15 student workers work there, said Betsy Oberst, director of alumni and parent relations at SUNY Oswego.
"The building offers one of the warmest atmospheres on campus because it is such a lovely and historic place, as well as a former home," Oberst said. "I was very excited to find out we received this acknowledgement."
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